I don't know if I should post this or not but I'll try and if anyone thinks it's inappropriate it can be removed. I don't know if new power tool reviews are a good idea or not because sometimes they can get ugly because someone who may have had a less than happy experience with the particular tool in question makes a post about it and it goes downhill from there. But we'll try it and see how it goes.
I've had an 18V Dewalt 3/8" cordless for several years and it's given me great service. But lately it's starting to show battle scars and the chuck gave out on me so I decided it was time to retire it and get a new one. I really like the 18V drills and wanted a 1/2" drill but they just get so darn heavy it can get tough to work with them all day long. Well I headed over to the BORG and looked over the selection and was just going to look at the DeWalt offerings. But I decided to check out the Makita line also. Well to make a long story short I walked out with a new Makita 1/2" 18V Lithium Ion cordless and it's one sweet little drill! Now I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I'm going on a job tomorrow and I'll get a chance to try it out. This thing is beautiful because it's only 8" long front to back and weighs in at 3.5lbs The DeWalt 1/2" 18V drills were almost SIX pounds! It came with a charger and two batteries that fully recharge in fifteen minutes. This is the first Lithium Ion battey powered tool I've bought but it sounds good. The sales guy was talking about how a fully charged battery can sit on the shelf for twelve months and you can install it and it'll still have 80% of it's capacity. Well that's really not an issue with me because I use my cordless drill all the time so I know it's not going to sit around unused for any length of time at all. The instructions also state that it can be recharged any time without worrying aobut the "memory" issue that used to plague the NiCd batteries.
Well I just thought I'd let those of you out there looking for a new cordless drill out there know about it. I was surprised to find that it even has a light that comes on to illuminate the work area when you press the trigger. It's got 450 in/lbs. of torque which should be enough for most of my general uses and if I need a lot more torque, I'll get out the old DeWalt corded drill that I hardly ever use anymore.
Take care all!